MWCD campgrounds will be closed to the public Tuesday, March 24 - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

March 23, 2020

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) prioritizes the safety and health of our community: the visitors we serve, our employees, volunteers, and neighbors. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to aligning operations with the orders/ recommendations of national, state, and local public health experts. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the MWCD campgrounds will be closed to the public until Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in response to the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) order that all persons stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity.  We will continue to follow the guidance provided by ODH and provide an update should this order be extended.

This decision was not easy. The health of our employees and guests is top priority. In order to maintain our high standards of cleanliness in our restroom/ shower buildings, along with the maintenance and administrative staff required to operate the campgrounds, we feel it is best to suspend camping operations. Our buildings are closed to the public, as well as playgrounds, but trails and public boat launch ramps are still open, though restrooms will be closed. Vacation cabins, and park model cabin reservations have been cancelled through April 30, 2020. Anyone with an existing cabin reservation during this period has been notified, and refunds will be provided. Anyone with a daily camping reservation will be refunded, and a refund policy is also being developed for seasonal campers. More information will be provided as it becomes available. The lottery for seasonal campers has been postponed until May 2, 2020.

Law Enforcement will continue to patrol and provide aid to the public and minimal staff will be onsite to fulfill essential duties.

We look forward to serving the public once this advisory has been lifted. Thank you for your continued patience and stay healthy.

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